stuff that’s hard to do (China’s probe lands on Moon)

Chang’e-4 soft landing on far side of Moon

(What? Yeah, that’s kind of a big freakin’ deal)

9 Comments!

  1. jlw
    Posted January 3, 2019 at 6:54 am |

    yep, it’s a big deal

    so is this:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46742298

  2. Chris In NC
    Posted January 3, 2019 at 8:32 am |

    FAKE!!!! That landing was completely computer generated!! (runs away laughing..)

  3. jlw
    Posted January 3, 2019 at 9:12 am |

    from the South China Morning Post

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2180453/chinas-change-4-lunar-spacecraft-poised-touch-down-dark-side-moon

  4. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted January 3, 2019 at 9:29 am |

    jlw ^1
    Beat me to it.
    Now I’ll have to wait for even better pics coming.

    Chris ^2
    *heehee* Yeah, the tinfoil-hat brigade will love this.

    jlw ^3
    I wonder if they’ll show a Chicom flag or not.
    As the movie says, it’s mankind’s accomplishment.

  5. sortah
    Posted January 3, 2019 at 1:05 pm |

    Fake landing. Fake cartoon spacecraft. Real smoking crater.
    Thanks to Comrade Wee Tu Low.

  6. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted January 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm |

    ^ *heheee*
    Yeah, if the landing hadn’t worked, a Sum Ting Wong joke was on deck.

  7. Tim Kyger
    Posted January 3, 2019 at 3:08 pm |

    The lander had a rover on it. The picture is from the rover. The rover has also taken a picture of the lander.

  8. Fat Baxter
    Posted January 3, 2019 at 11:10 pm |

    If it’s on the other side of the moon, how do they get a signal back home, around the moon? Is there a relay satellite in orbit?

  9. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted January 4, 2019 at 9:00 am |

    ^ Yep, good eye.
    It’s an interesting one, too, in a Lagrange point orbit.
    (What? Well read this short explanation)